CASTLETON, Vt. - Castleton got a pair of impressive pitching performances to lead the Spartans to a sweep of Lyndon, beating the visiting Hornets 9-0 in the opener and then shutting them out 5-0 in the second game.
In the opener, Tyler Erickson pitched a four-hit shutout as Castleton scoredin each of the game's first four innings. Erickson gave up just one walk while striking out seven in seven innings to earn his first victory of the season. The Spartans recorded 11 hits in the game from eight different players, including two apiece from David Brandt, Cameron Curler and Peter Wagner. Patrick Riley got the ball in the second game and tossed a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts.
After Erickson sent the Hornets down in order in the top of the first, Curler and Ryan Zielinski both singled with one out in the bottom of the frame. Joe Borowski followed with another single to load the bases and Allen White hit a two RBI single to give Castleton the 2-0 lead. Matthew McNamee kept the rally going with an RBI single, scoring Borowski. The Spartans then pulled off the double steal with White moving to third and McNamee going to second. A groundout to second by Wagner scored White as Castleton finished the inning with a 4-0 lead.
In the second, Mathew Pause walked to lead off and Brandt was hit by a pitch. Both runners then advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Curler drove in Pause and Brandt home with a single to push the Spartan advantage to 6-0. Castleton added just a run in the third when Wagner hit a leadoff single, stole second and after consecutive strikeouts, came home on a hit by Brandt.
The Spartans added two more in the bottom of the fourth to push the lead to 9-0. Castleton had runners on first and second with two outs when two straight passed balls brought Borowski around to scored and put McNamee on third. Wagner singled the Spartans' final run of the afternoon.
Four different hurlers took the mound for Lyndon in the game. Shane O'Donnell (Groton, Vt.) went two and two-thirds innings and took the loss, giving up seven earned runs while striking out three of the 19 batters he faced. The Hornets' four hits were spread out to four different hitters.
The second game of the afternoon started as a pitchers duel, as neither team could get on through the first three innings. However, Castleton finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs. Zielinski rapped a one-out single and Borowski followed with a single to right-center. Zielinski made it all the way around to third and Borowski was able to reach second on the throw. A walk by Wagner loaded the bases for McNamee. He hit a fielder's choice that scored Zielinski, and Borowski came around to score on an error by the shortstop.
An inning later the Spartans added to their lead as Curler hit a one-hit sacrifice fly to right, scoring Pause. Castleton finished its scoring with two more runs in the last of the sixth. McNamee led the two-out rally with a single up the middle. D.J. Detweiler came in to pinch run and immediately stole second and came home to score on a single by White. White advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a RBI single by Adam Greenlese.
Isaac Earle (Vernon, Vt.) took the loss on the mound for Lyndon, going four and two-thirds innings and giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out three batters. Shane Fleury (Plainfield, Vt.) tossed one and a third innings of relief, giving up a pair of earned runs.